Strange Signs

As Roku steps back, she notices something around the edges of the doorway. Scratches in the metal... as if something was trying to claw its way in. She runs her glove along the scratch mark.
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"Vera, Ogai. I'll come with you to work on this system seeing as I've been volunteered to do it anyway", says Jensen.
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Vera acknowledged him, "Ok...nearest entrance is through the air vents, but the filters will almost definitely need to be cleaned or replaced. Maintenance hatch on B deck is probably a better option...agreed?"
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"Air vents seem like a bad idea anyways. Maintenance hatch on B deck is better option. Vera, umm why dont you lead the way...", replies Jensen.
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Ogai nods, keeping beside Jensen as Vera leads the way. He glances around the ship as they make to move.
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"Wait.", says Roberts. You guys take the flamer with you. Myself and the others will check out the Cryochambers area, then head to the bridge to see what we can get online from there."

"Roku, status over there?", he turned to look at her staring at the doorway.

"Did you fiend something Roku?"
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"I'm not sure... looks like there was a struggle here. That officer may have been fighting someone.", Roku says.
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Roberts walked over to take a look and shed some light on it. Roberts sees more on the other side of the door. Some of the damage near the wall does look like ammunition discharge.

"Heads up, everyone. It looks like they had a firefight here. Be very careful.", he says.
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The lights flicker again. The visibility is even worse now that the fog is starting to get thicker. The sound of the heating and air system is humming loudly now. -1 to Observation rolls
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Jensen looks around nervously. "Looks like this is getting worse. I don't know if we have much time to discuss this. Let's head back to the junction hatch and head to B Deck from there."
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"I found something here. It looks like animal claw damage by the door to cryo. I have bits of claw and some residue here.", said Roberts. "Roku, what do you make of it?", he asks.
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“What do you mean?”, Roku kneels down and grabs a bit of something. She examines it.

“It does look like a bit of keratin... but... they weren’t hauling animals on this ship. Unless... they brought something onboard."

She inspects the floor further.

“Yellowish-white resin... decay seems to have molded over leaving fungal nodes. What the...”
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Roberts tries to open the door to the hallway leading to Cryosleep chambers. The door was locked and the normal push button doesn’t open it.

"I suspect the crew was trying to lock themselves in."

He pauses thinking. "I don't like this. Ogai, Vera... freeze in place. Everyone rally there Now!" He ordered calmly. "Roku, what is it what did you find?" he asked.
"Asahi and Vera, where are you guys?."
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Vera responded. "Just outside of the junction we came in."
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“I shouldn’t have to say this, but... nobody remove their helmets.”, Roku said, ignoring the question. “We have to save these people, Roberts.”
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"I was afraid you would say that Roku." Roberts sounding frustrated. "Let's move out. We need the scrubbers online.", he said.
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Kenny swallowed his coffee and replied, "I get that you want to save them all, Roku, but till the Cronus is secure from any dangers including contamination, self destruction, rogue androids, AIs and lab grown monsters, I want them sleeping. If they are sick and you wake them without proper procedures you won't have the time nor resources to help anyone including us."
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She pounds the door button in frustration. “I know.”, Roku says solemnly. Then she follows Roberts to find the others.
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Kenny looks at vid screen schematics of the Cronus and notices that the only way to the air scrubbers shaft is through the ventilation ducts in the last hallway or down on B Deck through maintenance shafts in the floor. Since they don’t have data tablets to look at Capt. Kenny sends the schematics to their HUD overlay.

Kenny says, "I am sending the Cronus schematics to your HUDs. Sorry for the delay folks, we would have been more prepared if the company man was not in a rush to seek fortune and fame. Of course it would have been nice if the company provided us with proper resources as well. I hope this helps."
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Jensen rolls his eyes so dramatically it can be seen even though he's wearing a helmet.

"Captain, this is not the time for cheap shots at me or the company.
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Capt. Kenny sipped his coffee and then replied, "Sorry Jensen, I didn't have time to schedule a proper appointment to voice my cheap shots properly to you and the company, since our mission was delayed, our ship was damaged in the process, we had to fix it under dangerous conditions with limited supplies, we were forced to wake up early to recover a spooky derelict with barely enough resources. To make it worse it looks like something dangerous is on that ship so I think it would be in your best interest to help this mission safely conclude with your vast wisdom of company processes like your pass codes. Otherwise you are just using up valuable Oxygen that we may need later on."
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"Hmm, well umm" Jensen's voice clearly sounds aggravated, "I agree with your assessment, although not your tone. Let's find these scrubbers. But let it be known, I will be putting this all in my performance review."
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Kenny replied, "Duly Noted."
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Roku was sick of the bickering. She turned off her comm for a moment to get some quiet. Sure, she knew all about the sick shit the company was into, but not everyone was an exec looking at a graph. Some of them were good people. What did Jensen ever do that made the captain think he would screw them over?
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Jensen looks at the rest of the team, the anger draining from his eyes.

"Look I'm stressed the fuck out here, I mean this guy with long arms right here blew his face off, probably, maybe? Its hard to make decisions and think straight, you know? Something's clawing through walls? Sorry for the outburst. I'm happy to lead us out of here. Sounds like Maintenance hatch on B Deck is what we decided. If we are ready, now's as good a time as any"
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The Captain tells MUTHUR to scan for synthetics onboard the Cronus.

“One Android presence detected. Crew member Kirby, Vera. Location A Deck A1 junction. No other 'active' Android presence interior or exterior of the Cronus.”
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They catch up to the others and Roberts takes overwatch position as Vera opens the hatch to junction B1.

"If you were an android where would you hide?", he asked. He raised his shotgun. "Does anyone know if we can talk sense into the other android?", he wondered aloud.
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Kenny replied, "Good question Roberts. Vera here is under prime condition and well maintained so she is functioning well within acceptable parameters. However Ava the android on the Cronus has been neglected and possibly tampered with in the last seven decades. The odds of her logic circuits working properly are bad under these conditions. I advise extreme caution if you run into her since she can fling you like a rag doll if it comes to violence. However if it can be resolved peacefully we can learn more on what happened to the Cronus. MU/TH/UR I need you to support Roberts, Roku, Ashai and Vera when they ask for help. Notify us if you find a second android. Asashi, Jensen and Vera see if you can work with MU/TH/UR on bypassing the Cronus's security so she can gain control of the ship. Try using a port that is low security section like the bathroom controls. MU/TH/UR advise them if you find a better route."
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"Tampered with? That's madness.", says Jensen.
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Kenny sips his coffee then swallows before he sighs and rubs the bridge of his nose before he replies to Jensen.

"Madness you say. Well be that as it may, mankind has a history of madness you know. Such as torture devices, S&M relationships, suicidal cults, slavery, dynamite, nitro glycerin, World War 1, biological warfare, World War 2, genocide, atomic bombs, nuclear bombs, space travel, the cold war, terrorism, deep space travel, super soldiers and then there is our situation. I could go more in depth, but these are the simple things we all learned in history class. So either you slept during your classes or still believe we live in a world without sin. Just because you don't want to believe it can happen doesn't mean its not true or possible."
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"Always jumping to the negative conclusion. Over here I think we are all hoping this android can provide some information or possibly even help us. Or at the very least not kill us all.", Jensen rebuked.
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Kenny replied, "Well, as the Captain its my job to plan for the worst and hope for the best. To be honest I do hope this is all one big coincidence and everything works out, but there are to many clues pointing in the other direction. So if you have any secret passwords that can help this mission we would be happy to get the Cronus under control ASAP."
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Jensen looks irritated again.

"Oh I have my keycard, funny enough it was issued right before the trip with little explanation. Typical company work. Knowing these ships a bit, most hardly ever get updated. So yes captain, I might have secret passwords."
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Roku turned her comms back on as she climbed down the ladder to B1 junction behind Ogai.

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